Darstaed Finescale O Gauge D24-ELZ-FS 'The Elizabethan' Set of 11 Crimson & Cream Thompson Coaches (Pre-order)

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Available for pre-order is this Elizabethan 11-Coach rake, limited to only 50 sets

We have extensively researched the coaches that form this set and have made all alterations necessary to the tooling and design to make them as close to real life as possible.

The rake represents the London to Edinburgh service which ran from circa 1953 onwards in BR Crimson & Cream livery.

These coaches are not just standard Thompsons added together to create a large rake, instead, and due to it being a high speed express service, they had their coach sides or 'fairings' extended over the solebars, to create a 'streamlined' appearance. Not only that, but the coaches were also fitted with pressure ventilation (to most, with the exception of the BG), and due to the extra weight 8' 6" heavyweight bogies.

We have modelled this rake based upon that seen in the British Transport Film 'The Elizabethan Express' and as was common, they mixed a couple of standard Thompson coaches in and among the 'streamlined' versions to make up a full train.

The set comprises of the following:

Price - This limited edition set is priced at £2,400 (or £2,620 with the option of ball bearing fitted bogies, see below) with our usual approach to pre-orders, ie. no deposits or upfront payments required.

Release Date - We are currently expecting the first of the coaches to be available in Q4 2021

Numbering - Coaches will all come pre-numbered.

Bogie Updrage - We are now offering the option of upgrading all the bogies within this set with the addition of factory-installed roller ball bearings. The total additional cost for this for adding these bogies to all the coaches within this set is £220.

For a full brake down of all the coaches we are producing, click HERE


Elizabethan name boards

Fairings over solebars

Finely detailed brass sides - professionally painted

Brass luggage racks

Fully detailed die-cast under-frame

Super detailed interiors with lights

Compensated die-cast bogies

Super detailed door hinges

Magnetic coupling corridor connectors

Kadee couplings as standard - link couplings available separately

Capable of running on 2nd Radius Curves

Sprung buffers

Brake ends and full brakes with detachable working (plug in) rear light

Sheet of prototypical running numbers for you to apply as you see fit

Our Ethos

We have been working very closely with Darstaed for over two years now, and are proud to be the sole and exclusive distributor for all the finescale O gauge we produce together.

Our ethos has always been to create highly detailed, robust models at affordable prices. We believe you should be able to handle, run and continuously remove and replace our coaches from your layout, without anything breaking or becoming defective.

Our coaches, these Thompsons included, represent this and are built on die-cast chassis with highly detailed etched brass sides, professionally painted in the factory (not printed or dyed) and super detailed interiors with installed lighting.

We believe this method of production results in stunning, award winning models that not only look great on a layout or on display, but are built to stand the test of time, and many, many hours (or weeks and months as our Mk1s on the NRM layout receive!) running on a layout.


On all Darstaed products we can offer a professional weathering/numbering service. This is typically priced at £30 per coach for custom weathering and numbering. For more details or to place a pre-order with weathering on top please call the office on click HERE, and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can call or email to place a pre-order with weathering/numbering.


UK - For orders of single coaches we charge £4.00 for Royal Mail 48 Tracked delivery. For orders of two or more coaches delivery is free.

International - For orders of single coaches we charge £15.00 for Royal Mail International postage. Orders of two or more coaches will have to be shipped with other couriers, and so will be charged at cost


During the war, it was evident for all the big four companies, the LNER included, that new post-war coaching stock would be needed to replace vehicles in need of withdrawal.

It was in 1944 that a memo was passed on to the emergency board of directors, outlining the scale of coaches overdue withdrawal, totalling over 2,500 vehicles.

In 1944 that a 3 year coach building programme (CBP) of 4,600 vehicles was approved, to include both vestibule (mainline) and non-vestibule (suburban) coaches.

However, due to both a lack of materials, and postwar constraints, the CBP was planned to take place between 1946 and 1951 with 3,400 vehicles built by contractors.

With the formation of British Railways in 1948 the stock built by the LNER was adopted into BR general and express services, with many of these coaches still in preservation today.


Simulated Teak 1946 - 52/3

The first of Thompson's coaches were completed in 1946 by contractors chosen by the LNER, and as instructed, were painted in the 'Simulated' teak livery, in a bid to retain some of the prestige looking wooden 'Gresley's' which these coaches were due to replace.

The finish divided opinion, and when BR adopted the LNER's coaching stock in 1948, they eventually decided upon using the popular 'Crimson & Cream' livery for their coaching stock. All coaches were eventually repainted into this livery, however it was by no means a priority, and so many remained in the teak livery as late as 1952.

Crimson & Cream 1949 - 1956

The first 'Thompson' coaches appeared in Crimson & Cream in 1949, with a small number never even receiving the teak finish. This livery was used up to 1956 (and possibly slightly later), when BR decided to overhaul all it's coaching stock, repainting most coaching stock into lined maroon. It is very possible however, that many coaches remained in Crimson & Cream livery for quite some time after 1956.

Lined Maroon 1956 onwards

The final livery which all coaches received was lined maroon, which was used up until British Railways began scrapping coaches built by the big 4, having said this many of the full brake coaches survived to be painted in full blue livery. It was also very common to see Thompson coaches mixed in with rakes of Mk1s both in Lined maroon, Crimson & Cream and a combination of the two.